Monday, March 17, 2008

FYROM’s dilemma over recognition of Kosovo

The current political crisis in Skopje is nothing more than a form of Albanian pressure on the Slav-Macedonian political elite.

This time there have been no overt irredentist tendencies as earlier in the decade. Washington will not allow it, and moreover, this time the Albanian nationalists’ priority is the recognition of Kosovo, and not to open up of a new front.

This time, FYROM’s Albanians used parliamentary institutions to force the government to respect their rights in full and to recognize the independence of Kosovo.

The Slav-Macedonians do not want to upset their relations with Belgrade, but the main reason they have not taken the step is that they themselves feel threatened by growing Albanian nationalism.

On the other hand, they do not have much political margin for not recognizing it, first of all because they are in vital need of Washington.Secondly, if Albanian parties stay outside the government, it will have a destabilizing effect on the unity of FYROM.

Elections will not provide a way out, because the correlation of parliamentary forces will not change radically. In other words, the Slav-Macedonian political leadership has no alternative. So it is likely, sooner or later, to recognize Kosovo.

The cause of the political crisis has nothing to do with the name issue, it means simply that there will be very few chances for reaching an agreement before the NATO summit.

However, this does not affect Greece. Slav-Macedonians are using their instability as a political argument, but it is pure propaganda. The name is their own business, not that of the Albanians.

Therefore, it cannot serve as a rallying point.

1 comment:

  1. Capitalistic Democratic Nation. While their language, culture, and rights are recognized, they are living normal life side by side with Slavic majority of Macedonia.
    Slavic Socialism of Serbia, have killed hundred thousands and Displaced millions of Croatian, Bosnian and Kosovars. They failed and are paying their price. Many of Serbian that fled Croatia, Bosnia and Kosova, if they will return, might be in title to be Detained, Trailed and Punished, if they will be found guilty. Keep in mind that the Serbian people made massive and horrible crimes, and many of them are not punished yet.
    There is no way for any parallel between Serbian and Macedonians.
    There is no reason for fear to recognize Kosova .


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